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“I would say I learned the value of service while in the US ARMY. With that I have built a business around just that, service.”

Nathan House - CODE 3 Public Safety Gear

“Military has taught me how to get something down by streamlining the process and focusing on the end result. In the event of facing obstacles, take a step back, refocus and then go accomplish the mission.”

Irving Donaldson - Blue Alert, LLC

“Preparation and organization. Meeting deadlines, commitments and greater respect for our country and honor and respect for our fellow country men.”

Lawrence Daniels - Da Arla Tax Services

“I was able to travel through the world and collect all my stamps and I learned to keep extremely good records.”

Richard Easingwood - Easy's Stamps

“Logistics management, organizational skills, operations. ”

Martin Bishop - Evac One

“It has helped me keep deadlines, be well organized.”

Dawn White - White's Cleanit

“The military helped me focus on leadership skills, being goal-oriented and a having high level professionalism.”

Richard Fendley - Interior Fusion, LLC

“It taught me honor, integrity, hard work, perseverance, adaptability, how to improvise, overcome and complete on each mission.”

Shelly Bauer - Universal Investigations, LLC

“The experience acquired during my 23 years of military service and our unique approach to identify and complete our projects, places us at a different level than that of our competitors. Indirectly we are still serving our nation and those that are currently serving and we are extremely proud for it!”

Alfredo Quiros - Telum Protection Corp

“My experience as an infantry Marine taught me the value of extensive planning, yet gave me the ability to adapt well to ever-changing demands and situations. As a business owner, I'm able to provide faster solutions and service because of my military service experience.”

Klay South - Operation Care Package 24/7

“Organization, teamwork, following through with a job once started.”

Meredith Bogen - Bogen Pest Control, Inc.

“I became more confident in myself to the point if someone else is doing well I could to.”

Gary Wainwright - Zrii International

“Gave me the principles and discipline that drives my business.”

Thomas Bednarczyk - SilverLining Partners LLC

“Taught me discipline!”

Pete Brush - My Geek For Hire

“Instilled discipline, confidence, and satisfaction in a job well done.”

Sean Elkin - Searchlight Interactive, LLC

“Learned discipline, determination and perseverance.”

Hal Decker - Doctor Greens

“Training opportunities and instructing leadership courses.”

George Duncan - SWFL Duncan Group, LLC

“I was selected as the lead team leader into Baghdad because of my abilities. Leadership being paramount among them. The military trained me to master a task quickly and be able to teach it to others and lead them in a short period of time.”

Nickolas Starling - Veterans Venture

“Military service taught organization, leadership, work ethic, discipline and drive.”

Ralph Owens - O-Craftsmen Builders

“Military training prepared me to follow rules and steps in order to achieve goals. It taught me teamwork and how to be a good leader. There are some of the things I was able to use in order to become a business owner. The Army core values are something I have used as a way of life both in the military and in the business world, and it has been essential to our growth.”

Fernando Martinez - Ostar Motorsports

“The military taught me discipline, dedication and commitment - the will and desire to carry a mission through! All of these traits are required to persevere in business today!”

Amy Contino - Das KaffeeHaüs von Frau Burkhart

“Persistence and Organization!”

James Terhune - T&T Materials

“My service in the military taught me the core principles I needed in my industry, as well as how to pay attention to detail, take pride in my work, and navigate a global system. I am proud to be a Veteran and military wife offering a business opportunity to others.”

Corina DuBois - Celebrate Mama! LLC

“The military taught me work ethics. Work hard when it is time to work and shut it off when it's done. I don't have have to use my command voice very often these days, but it's there when I need it.”

Mary Smith - Virtual Imagery Photography

“Military training and discipline coupled with hard work, long hours and camaraderie were influential in building fortitude, preparedness and can-do attitudes in me for life after the military. Seeing so many countries and what people live like in other parts of the world gave me an immense appreciation for what we have had here in America like no other experience could have. Being thankful for our freedoms by knowing the cost involved from our veterans and founding fathers is invaluable.”

Marty DiGiacomo - True Blue Transportation

“My graduation from the US Military Academy & 20 yrs of active duty have permitted me to provide timely and compelling community service in Albuquerque, along with supporting my spouse's Holistic Wellness business (Cloud Nine Therapeutics).”

Patrick O'Connell - Cloud Nine Therapeutics

“Get it done attitude.”

Jerry Dorman - Jerry W. Dorman Master Electrician

“Being an Infantry officer in the Army is about health, fitness and self-defense of our nation, through leadership of others. Teaching traditional Kung Fu is all about helping others develop health, fitness, self-defense, and leadership skills.”

Doyle Perry - United Martial Arts

“Made me a more dynamic, honest and determined individual!”

Jake Haap - Orion Home Inspections

“Motivation, Discipline, and Foresight!”

John Paff - EAR Alaska

“Taught me to lead by example.”

Jeffrey Allen - Global Crossroads Capital

“On active and reserve duty I obtained the position of Sr. Drill which allowed me Leadership and Management opportunities along with discipline and respect of others. This is the best Country in the world as I have been to several other countries during my 27 years in the Military. I believe our elders and military veterans should have the opportunity to have the best value of the services offered them. I have continually maintained a high level of schooling, education and knowledge in my field.”

Samuel Pozdol - Peete's Electric Company

“During my 21 years in the military, I have developed my discipline and attention to detail that I use everyday as a business owner. My biggest asset is STANDARDS, and that is why it's in the company name "Military Standards Window Cleaning.”

Scott Pearce - Military Standards Window Cleaning LLC

“Taught me patience.”

Jonathan Schneider - Schneider Financial Group, Ltd

“I learned the discipline I needed to keep going even when things got tough. I also learned perseverance, loyalty, and willingness to see a job all the way from the initial phase to completion and I thank the armed services for this.”

Olin Granthum - Nilo Construction

“The U.S. Air Force changed my life because they gave me the training, discipline to complete a task, and drive to put goals that would help me earn a living for me & family. I earned a B.A. at SMU & 30 years of government service, and started a business.”

Francisco Sosa - AAA Environmental Cleaning & Striping Services, LLC

“From the very beginning of my business career I found the discipline and regimentation I had learned in military service to be of great value. I was able to apply this directly, first to learning a business, and then to teaching my employees about their jobs. I also learned in the military that success generally required a team effort and that every member of that team was equally valuable. For instance, fighter pilots may hold the "glory" jobs in the Air Force, but they would not be able to function without a team of mechanics and technicians who service, maintain, sometimes control, and when necessary, rescue the aircraft and crew.”

Carl Lewis - SnowWalker, LLC

“Taught me responsibility and leadership under fire. Company commander with 3rd Marine Division RVN.”

LEO DURANT - LND Construction

“The twenty-one years of varied assignments and responsibilities inherent with the positions provided the leadership and know-how to become a small business owner.”

Gary Pitchford - Veteran Hire Pursuit, LLC

“The military taught me responsibility and determination.”

James Jarrett - North American Environmental Services, LLC

“Leadership training and concept of personal Duty and Honor.”

Mark Preson - Operations and Engineering

“As a Master Training Specialist with the USN I gained valuable teaching experience that helped the transition to the private sector.”

H.G. Laragione - Maritime Institute Inc.

“Professionalism, Compassion and Prudence. All traits associated with growing up in a military family and continue today as I say congrats and good luck to a Grandson going the Navy way.”

Rick Pino - Ricon Compliance Inspections

“The US Army gave me the ability to make quick decisions, even though difficult keep on doing the task or duty until operation is complete and done to the best of my ability. Taught me to work as a team member, to encourage others to keep on going!”

Roy Huckaby - Weedseal Northwest Sales and Service

“The military taught me that there is always a way to get something done and I believe I have brought that attitude to my business.”

Matthew Gilmore - Lincoln Process Service

“Attention to detail!”

Paul Dinkins - Prep Security, LLC

“Taught me how to deal with stress!”

Marty Katz - QBD Consulting, Inc

“To have honor is the way you run your business. A hand shake is just as good as a multi-page contract.”

Roland Walker - Walker & Sons, Inc. dba Katrol Construction

“The military instills in most persons a sense of responsibility and respect for structure. The chaos in our daily lives is much better dealt with, I believe, by a person with a military background as opposed to one without. This is evident by the shear number of people locked up in our prisons at enormous cost to our society. For those who chose to change their lives or to seek adventure or to follow in the footsteps of another in joining the military, my hat is off to you. All the best!”

John Berosh - Information Systems 2000

“I am always on time and I do what I say.”

Sam Emmerling - Sam Emmerling Company

“Management skills and the drive to success. Never give up no matter the how small or big the obstacle is in your path.”

Joseph Navarra - National Hospitality Resources

“It has disciplined me to be more organized.”

Albert Lanclos - Beau Monde Landscape LLC

“Provided training, education, experience and ethical core values.”

Jay Marzulli - Biz Web Wiz Web Design

“First the military service allowed me to participate in the GI Bill which paid for my Masters Degree in Business. Second it instilled in me a sense of integrity and honesty with is often missing in business. Third it taught me to focus on clients.”

Paul Harar - Maximum Blends

“The Army solidified my foundation of principles, values, and training which provided me with tools to be a leader. These tools gave me the courage to finish my degree and pursue my own path as a business owner.”

Rosario Hurel - Hurel Transcription Translation Professionals

“To be disciplined, focused and detail oriented.”

Jim Sabatello - Inland Flooring Contractors, Inc.

“Discipline, Discipline, Discipline!”

Lindy Scarborough - Magictainment

“To better understand and appreciate the freedom that we have in the United States Of America. The discipline that the U.S. Army instilled in me was outstanding. Teamwork was the next item that I have been able to use every day in my life.”

Ernie Ratcliffe - Nu Skin Enterprises Rep - Ernie Ratcliffe

“It helped me pay attention to small details and being prompt.”

Frederick Franks - Acme Logistics, Inc

“Focus, dedication, will to survive, discipline.”

Kelly Dearwester II - Premier Link LLC

“Once I left active duty I as able to secure a civilian position with the US Army Corps of Engineers where I worked for nearly 10 years as an IT Manager developing a broad range of skills including Web Designer, IT Manager and Strategic Planner.”

Russ Cuthrell - Spyder Byte Media, Inc.

“Determination, readiness, motivated, able to accomplish any task!”

Douglas Goss - The Plumber Company, LLC

“The military taught me determination.”

Vernon Williams - The Williams Company

“It has made and kept me Responsible.”

Rowland Givens - The Wright Place Foundation Inc.

“It taught me to be able to deal with different personalities and to be able to be patient in waiting for what I am looking for.”

Aaron Thomason - Thomason and Partners, LLC

“Goal setting and personal discipline and the attitude to never give up also with the goal of giving back to my God and country for blessing me.”

thomas nordstrom - Tom Nordstrom Construction

“Hard work and discipline.”

Kevin Hurley - Windy Hill Nursery, LLC

“The military taught me that there is no 'I' in matter how it sounds... it is true. I have learned that I can push myself to things I never thought possible and to treat people the way that I would want to be treated.”

Stephanie Salupo - Combat Cleaning Services, LLC

“Attention to detail. Management skills with employees.”

Ryan Powell - The Cleaning Corps

“I was an Airborne Ranger. While I was a Ranger, I was held to a higher standard. I had to go above and beyond my call of duty. I have always went out of the way for my customer. That single gesture makes you better than your competition.”

James Scott Williams - Alabama Sprinkler Services Inc.


Thomas Crook - Uncle Tom's Handyman Service

“William Boone, was a Fleet Marine Corpsman in pre-Vietnam era. We are determined to support and encourage our brave heroes and to see that the disgraceful actions to our Vietnam vets doesn't happen to these heroes today. We have compassion and empathy with our deployed military. Our daughter has been to the SandBox 3 times with the Army so we understand the needs of our young people.”

William Boone - TOUCH OF HOME Support 4R Deployed Military, Inc.

“My military service has helped me to be a better business owner by the organizational skills I was taught and the ability to adapt and overcome obstacles and adverse situations. Above all else honesty, integrity and to take responsibility.”

RUSSELL PRICE - R.J. Price Plumbing and Heating, Inc.

“Attention to detail, self discipline, teamwork, and a "never quit" attitude was instilled in us in the USCG. If you apply these principles to everything you do, you will prevail.”

Donald Lynch - LYNCH Janitorial & Cleaning, LLC

“It gave me the skill to stick to it when the going has been slow.”

Richard Jennings - R H Jennings, LLC

“It has made me disciplined and focused and able to multi-task.”

Doug Robinson - Maine Inspection & Engineering Company

“Almost 10 years in the USAF taught me many things including trustworthiness, timeliness, honesty, sense of pride, and ethical behavior.”

Michael White - Heritage Heating & Air LLC

“I have been doing what I learned in the Military my entire life.”

Richard Grado - Rocky Mountain Civil Constructors

“The military taught me to take control and follow through and give 100% to my efforts.”

Anthony Perry - Total Care Property Inspections

“Since I've served in both the Army and Marine Corps, I have made the lessons learned, standard protocol. Just as I had to do to learn how to walk again after getting hit with an I.E.D. while providing convoy security in Iraq.”

Kris Rodriguez - The Rodriguez Insurance Agency

“It showed me the drive that it takes to succeed, and the integrity to make sure the job is done right.”

Nelson Borgeson - Borg Construction Services

“Time management, responsibility, accountability, teamwork, pride, and the list goes on. I am very proud to have served and look forward to a successful career in business for myself with the help of friends, family and other veterans. Thank you.”

Lisa Madison - Rocky Coast Seminars

“Dedication, discipline, versatility and communication is the major component in a business. The military developed these skills within myself.”

Tyrone scott - Serendipitys The Biggest Little Shop

“The submarine service taught me discipline and the need to work in cooperation with others.”

Michael Addison - Siella Imaging LLC

“The Texas Air National Guard instilled in me (at least) three traits that are highly desirable in business owners/entrepreneurs... discipline, perseverance and tenacity. Without these traits I would never have been able to drive my business to where it is now.”

Chris Nicolaou - Texas DNS, Inc.

“The professionalism, discipline, and character of the people I had the honor to serve with taught us to always respect and treat our fellow man the way we want to be treated in business and in our every day life.”

Daniel B Jones - Purification Technologies

“The skills I learned at an early age in the US Navy developed my sense of discipline, tenacity, and motivation to excel in all areas of my life. I left the USN and completed my college degree, entered the market in sales and sales management, ran companies, and always helped others to increase their own motivation too excel. I would not trade my time serving my country for any amount of money. It created a cornerstone for my life and that has been now passed to my son. Thank you.”

Martin Lee - Happyface Media

“Leadership by Example. Supply Chain Management Skills.”

Billy Williamson - Global MPG

“The military gave me a wide range of responsibilities and duties. Knowing organization is the key to success, the Navy put me in diverse surroundings and gave me exposure to the world. The military has been a big part of my life for years and I feel I am a product of my environment.”

Mark Craggy - Amazing Creations

“The military helped by providing me with the determination to keep striving for success in everything that I do!”

Edward McCullough Sr. - The Bait Barn

“Being a leader of Marines prepared me to take the reigns of my company and relentley give everything that I possibly can to ensure that our customer base comes first and receives nothing but the highest quality of service.”

Brett Granger - Global Garage Flooring and Design of Houston, LLC.

“Went thru some trying times in the army (helicopter crew chief-Vietnam) which makes you stronger, so you can give the extra effort it takes to run a business.”

William Whelan - The Printing Works

“Leadership and Character. The military gave me the confidence to know that I can do anything I set my mind on.. and that's the truth! 100% success thus far!”

Jeffrey Gonzalez - DirectJG HIDS and Accessories

“The military showed me how to structure my time, money, and management.”

Brad Hedrick - Floor Designs

“The Marines has given me the drive to keep on going. Starting your own business can be very difficult, but I know that whatever I come up against it can't be as difficult as the long deployments or rigorous training.”

Jeremy Findley - Your Trendy Lingerie

“Trust, leadership, independent, and the ability to talk and work with others to accomplish goals.”

Jeffrey Lakatos - Hartland Electric LLC

“Joining the Marines was the best choice of my life. In my business life it has given me huge confidence and integrity. The willingness to persevere through any situation is also a big plus in my business.”

James Erickson - EMC Dental Marketing

“The military instilled the importance of pride and dedication in the task at hand, also the need for attention to the details of any task I undertake.”

Michael Langel - Proving Grounds Lawn Care

“I entered the Army at seventeen years old, as a high school drop out. The Army taught me the skills that have enabled me to thrive in any situation that I have found myself in. The training and education I was provided have made the man I am today.”

Scott Jones - Native Sons Services, LLC

“Personnel Management. Leadership. Strong work ethic for long hours.”

Mark Rothrock - Rocky's Bar

“The leadership training I received in the US Army prepared me to take on many challenges in life as well as taught me the skills I needed to venture out and start my own business.”

Leopold Lacrimosa - SonoranDesertKnives

“Planning for multiple scenarios and learning to think independently and still be a team member are just a couple of attributes passed from active military service to being a business owner.”

Alan Ferneau - Tymely Moments - Brandon

“Military service has given me the tools necessary to start, run, and maintain my business. Dedication and attention to details are my watch words. These are just a sample of the many lessons learned and experience gained from my military service.”

Charles Brown - Exodus International

“Learned how to be more focused on getting things done, and to research as much as I can before taking action.”

David Rowland - Rowland Enterprises

“Military Service enabled me to have the discipline and internal drive to succeed in creating and growing my own company.”

Jamie Falconi - Stellar Apparel

“My experiences in the Air Force as a Security Specialist taught me Leadership Skills, Attention to Detail and Pride in Accomplishing Tasks to a Degree of Perfection not found amongst many.”

Larry Ebeling - Spectrum A/V Group

“Discipline, team work, never give up attitude.”

Marvin Whitaker - Skip's Construction Co., Inc.

“As a Marine, I was taught the values of leadership, discipline and camaraderie. This is still very much evident 35 years later.”

Frank Espinoza - Frank H Contractors

“Strong work ethic.”

Stewart Smith - The Crabby Pig

“Never quit or give up!”

Randy Hill - RRJN Inc.

“Made me a strong leader and willing to pursue my goals.”

ramzi torbey - Halo-8

“100% disabled Viet Nam Era Veteran and formed the show to help other veterans navigate the system for their benefits.”

James Lytner - Veterans Talk / The Forgotten Promise

“My military service enhanced my ability to meet the challenges that owning a business sends my way. By teaching me that I am stronger physically and mentally then I ever thought possible.”

Dawn Mata Crane - La Matadora Cosmetics

“Discipline, pride in workmanship, attention to detail, extraordinary customer service ethic.”

Jeff Truesdale - Proforma True Solutions

“Serving in the Army and now the Reserves has helped me to be more aware of the world around me. My organizational and communication skills have improved, I have an increased love for my country and our freedoms. I returned from my 4th deployment to Afghanistan (2012) and am honored to say that I have served with the finest men and women and am grateful for their support and for what we have learned together.”

Adam Peters - Three Willows Counseling, LLC

“Discipline, work ethic and organization.”

John Evans - AIM Home Inspection, Inc.

“My Military service taught me that nothing in life is free and if you want to be successful you have to work hard.”

Bobby Bonds - Diamond Studios

“My military career has taught me the organizational skills to conduct business and cope with the stress of business.”

Jim Thomas - Environmental Equipment Services LLC

“Experience of Government supplies purchased and requested.”

Joseph P Pekar - MFG Reps, LLC

“Before joining the military I was a partner in a restaurant at the age of 23. When the Iraq war kicked off I had a hard time sitting on the side lines watching everything unfold. I left the partnership and joined the military. The rest is history.”

Nicholas Gray - NG Enterprises, LLC

“Define goals, keep focus and achieve defined objectives.”

Leslie Cooley - Pierce/Cooley Architects, Inc.

“I learned to take responsibility for situations.”

Christopher Rice - Southern Finishes Estimating, LLC

“My 10 years in the US Coast Guard has forced me to adapt to learn virtually every other specialty that directly and indirectly affects me. In my experience, almost every system that I have seen in the coast guard has failed around me and I would have to learn how to operate it to ensure it was carried out properly other wise it would negatively affect me. as a result of these broken systems I have been able to learn about technology, administration, management, science and teaching.”

Charles Carver - Triple C Entertainment

“I was in the United States Marine Corps, it taught me to make the best of what I have to work with and never give up.”

Wilbert Guice - The Point Mans Guide

“It provided me with the discipline needed to operate in a fluid manner even in stressful situations.”

Brad Crawford - Top Home Inventory Services

“Attention to detail!”

eric smith - Father and Sons Lawn Care

“Through the years of training and experience in leading, directing and supervising, my 20 years as an Army officer has better equipped me to run my own business.”

Geoffrey Yoste - Yoste Strategic Partners, LLC

“Military service instills many fine characteristics such as integrity, responsibility, loyalty, commitment, and much more. It makes you appreciate the freedoms that we are afforded because of the sacrifices of those know what it truly means to serve.”

Jeff Haynes - Realty Inspection Services, LLC

“Veteran Owned Business (.com) has provided us a platform to not only share with the world our inspection services, but it also opens an opportunity for our company to refer and promote other veteran listings as well. What a great concept long overdue!”

Gary Sloan - Discovery Inspections, LLC

“Military service taught me about honor, integrity, service, and responsibility. My accountability to each of my patients comes from a partnership that I create with each of them, much like the soldiers previously under my command.”

Jennifer Paweleck-Bellingrodt - Bello Enterprises, LLC

“My time in the Army as a Infantry NCO has prepared me to be a business owner, by teaching me how to focus on the task at hand and not giving up until it is accomplished.”

Adam Hart - Nightstalker Tactical Solutions

“With 26 ½ years military service and 20 years of civil service with the Army and Navy, as an enlisted Air Force member through retirement from the Army Reserve as an Army Officer I learned organizational, management, leadership and down-to earth people skills that are essential in any business.”

Dwayne Burgess - Onsite Visions 360

“Active, detail-oriented, discipline, focus, hardworking, observant, regimented, scheduled.”

Pete Petroulias - Phoenix Communications & Cabling, Inc.

“It has provided me with the knowledge to better navigate the inner politics of most offices.”

Steve Clark - The Vannet Group, LLC

“I was a young, slightly wild young man. The Army helped me to grow up fast. I met other young men from around the country that gave me a broader view of life. The Army teaches discipline, a strong work ethic, and a real love for the USA.”

William Templeton - Truck Xtreme

“Discipline, Discipline, Discipline. I received a lot of knowledge from my career in the military. Air Force values; Service before self and excellence in all we do.”

James Myers - Cincinnati Painter, Inc.

“Motivation, education, and integrity.”

James Molnar - Colossal Construction Company LLC

“Endurance and diligence.”

Tim Donaldson - Media Dreams LLC

“I wish there was more services like this.”

joseph jacobs - Military Veteran Painting

“The founders of VeteransPlus believe that the principal of 'Serving Those Who Have Served Us' should be extended beyond the bureaucratic limits of government. Our view is that we should all devote as much pride and determination in service to veterans and their families as we would expect from them in our national defense.”

David Collins - VeteransPlus

“Military service has prepared me to be a better business owner because of the discipline and assertiveness gained through my military experience.”

Calvin Glenn - CG1 Audio Systems

“All ways on time and doing the best you can the first time.”

Robin Bradley - Maid In America Janitorial Service

“The years in the military prepared me to handle any situation that comes along. It also prepared me to persevere through adversity. It made me a stronger person both mentally and physically.”

thomas heinz - PDQ Delivery Service

“Discipline, flexibility, honor, and sacrifice.”

Dave Weiner - Phoenix Executive Services

“Military service taught me to persevere even in difficult times while always keeping excellence a top priority.”

Sarah Hudson - The Marketing Analysts

“My Air Force experiences expanded my view of the business workplace and now allows us to uniquely approach the field of human resources through an effective and efficient use of processes, practices and principles.”

Leanne King - SeeKing HR

“Organization and discipline.”

earl c montgomery - Sasser Custom Exhaust

“Good Leader.”

Jay Owimrin - All Star Sports 4 Kids

“The military has taught me how to manage time and people. It's also taught me how to treat people equally, fair and has instilled a high level of integrity into my business and personal life.”

Thomas Charles - Charles Electronics, LLC

“By teaching me at an early age that our country is the greatest country in the world. This inspired me to succeed in everything I do.”

Gonzalo Vergara - Distinctive Personnel

“Attention to detail is the number one thing I learned from the Army. This helps me everyday while inspecting homes.”

Michael Ivie - IVCO Home Inspection Service

“I joined the USAF right out of high school. I received Engineering Training, worked in Civil Engineering and earned my Bachelors Degree while serving on active duty and understood the basics of Land Development as I entered into the civilian world.”

William F. Mitchell - ML Development

“Hard work and perseverance and never give up. If you get knocked down get up and keep swinging.”

bob gertz - Parrot Cove Marina

“The military taught me to apply attention to detail in all my work. It has helped my organize, plan and execute the services I provide to my customers.”

William Slusser - Patriot Cleaning Services

“My time in service instilled order and discipline into every part of my life. Carrying out daily tasks from start to finish. Showing respect for others. These things are most important in any successful business.”

Del Lawson - Photo Video 2000

“The Military taught me discipline and responsibility, these are the most important qualities that I have been able to bring to my business efforts.”

john gorman - Pocket Constitution

“Dedication, hard work and always faithful (semper fidelis).”

Ron Hall - R & S Small Engine Service

“Army leadership schools (Ranger School).”

Larry Mills - Skeen, Mohler & Associates Insurance

“USMC did for me more than I could ever explain in a paragraph. Women like myself going in the USMC in the 1970's were a rare breed among ourselves, before the USMC shaped us into Marines. Tolerance, patience, and ability to see through the BS.”

Hollyecho Montgomery - Women's Computer Consulting

“Leadership training and military experiences taught me to take pride in my accomplishments and strive to do the best I can with what ever I am doing.”

al mettler - Mettler Upholstery


Ed Mihalacki - Laurel Mountain Laser

“By dealing with difficult work in the Marines I can handle the daily challenges that come with being a business owner.”

Anthony Guarneri - ASI Renovations

“My 12 years in the Marine Corps going from Pvt to SSgt and a Commissioned Officer, have given me the confidence and leadership skills to handle any challenge that I am confronted with. It also gave me the personal drive to start my own business.”

Jason Bailey - Bailey Land Group, Inc.

“U S Navy Electrician's Mate "A" School afforded me training as well as experience which ultimately resulted in my ability to meet the criteria for my code certification. Knowledge and training is power which should be shared.”

Bob Smith - Dreamworld Home Inspections, LLC

“Honesty, integrity and hard work.”

Scott Eastman - GreatScott Images

“I've learned to be a manager and dealing with different types of personalities. To have the persistence and dedication to drive through the difficult times and push hard for success. To maintain the highest level of INTEGRITY in all my dealings.”

Scott Husted - Shreveport Filtration LLC

“The Army has helped me become a better business owner by giving me the confidence and knowledge to provide people with a service. The leadership tools that I acquired in the army made me a better communicator and listener.”

Richard Baisden - T&D Productions, LLC

“Leadership and management skills.”

Shawn Gray - WTSI

“Discipline is the word.”

Joseph Massie - Massie Commercial Real Estate Services

“Improvise and overcome any difficult situation which applies to the construction trades, organization and planning to meet all challenges.”


“The military taught structure and discipline, which is a must in business. Therefore, the preparation to operate a successful business has been accomplished. The military time taught patience for economic crisis and financial trials such as now.”

Toney Clark - Fresh Start Help Center, Inc.

“Being in the USMC has taught me discipline, strong work ethics and to be fair and honest.”

James Wenninger - Good to Go General Contracting

“I learned from my tour of duty as a Marine Corps Helicopter Pilot many personal traits and core values that serve me well in 29 years of business in real estate.”

David B Meyers - Meyers & McCabe Properties

“The Marines & Vietnam taught me not to give up, communicate, disagree is OK, and work together. With that nothing is impossible.”

Mike Mah - NoStressMike

“As an active duty member of the United States Army, I learned many many skills essential for entrepreneurship. I learned self discipline, leadership, commitment to task. I am grateful for the experience I had in the military for these reasons.”

Honey Rodgers - Premier Backyards

“It taught me that hard work and setting goals was the only way to achieve my dreams.”

Donald Chapman - Chapman Services KCMO LLC

“Learned responsibility and chain of command.”

Clifton Coleman - Ugly Otter Trading Post

“Military Service should be an obligation and not an option. It prepares you for life!”

Jeff Ross - The One Day Landlord

“Made me strong to get the job done.”

Jenna Whitmore - AvowTech, LLC

“Leadership, management skills, problem solving.”

James Wissenbach - Calamity's

“My military service fave me the ability to accomplish ANY mission. I learned teamwork-because in Navy lives depended on us. If we say we can do something, it will be done as agreed upon in a timely manner-no excuses.”

Paula Fialkoff - E-Synergy LP

“Opened our small business up to more consumers. Especially fellow veterans who have stood tall and proud for our country.”

Kenneth Elliott - P's Sleeves

“Military Service gave me my first introduction to Federal Government work and the discipline that was derived from being a Marine shaped me personally in my work ethics, attitude and dedication to detail. My Marine Corp training was invaluable.”

Valerie Lewis - Valerie Lewis Janitorial

“The military prepares people with a unique perspective on challenges. Veterans learn how to approach the world from another angle, and have an unparalleled drive and focus for meeting each challenge.”

Chad Bowerman - The Yellow Dog Group, LLC

“My military service has taught me about responsibility and commitment.”

Steve Landrum - Advantage Door

“My four years in the military helped me prepare for business by training in personnel, logistics, basic management, movement of manpower, personnel training, discipline, intelligent thinking.”

Bob Socks - BS Marketing & Promotions

“The training I received in the NAVY helped with my self confidence and made me believe that I can do anything. I learned to work with many different people and honed both interpersonal and management skills.”

Jennifer Krajcir - Cycle Stop, Inc


Francisco Mendoza - Dedicated Contracting

“Good cow. It taught me discipline and self control. Also helped me be a better judge of character.”

Bill Hodge - HP Engineering, Inc.

“The leadership and discipline received in the Army gave me the tools needed to be a successful small business owner.”

James King - J M King Distributing, Inc.

“Being a former military member has set the foundation for my business. A great business owner constantly practices due diligence and commitment, and leadership, three very important skills that I have gained from my military experience.”

Jamie Kincade - JLK Global Enterprises, Inc.

“18 months in Vietnam in 1969 right out of high school teaches you how to handle any situations that comes your way, and for me that 18 month tour has made me a better business owner.”

Jon Murany - Photo-Tec Graphics & Signs

“Service before self, always doing your best, attention to detail.”

Glenn Heald - Santa Talks - A Book by Santa Glenn Heald

“Introduced me to mechanical engineering.”

Paul Martin - Sigma Psi Consulting Engineers, PLLC

“My training and combat tours have given me the knowledge to train others.”

Eric Ives - Tactical Strategies and Concepts, Inc.

“Promptness and discipline!”

DeMond Nelson - XTK Cleaning

“The military prepared me for the unexpected. In the Infantry we spend years training for situations that will likely never occur, but we try to be pro-active. This training has led me to be proactive in business, trying to anticipate problems, opportunities, market fluctuations and movements before they occur.”

Michael Moussa - PartSnap

“Being in the military gave me the courage to step outside myself and take a chance.”

Gail Walker - Paddle and Pedal Adventures

“By instilling the discipline and dedication to succeed.”

Charles McGrue - Thelexiana Enterprises, LLC

“I am currently doing the same work the navy trained me on almost twenty years ago.”

Kirk Campainha - Universal Fire Protection

“I learned so much about myself and to respect myself and others.”

Joel Lewis - JK Lewis Property Mgmt LLC

“The best Leadership course in the world, working as a Team, Training under pressure. Integrity, Health and Fitness as part of the work day.”

William Brisbin - Promothreads

“The Air force taught me discipline, to pay attention to detail, to be on time and many other things to numerous to name.”

James Gibbs - Quality Painting by James

“Working on military aircraft has shown the reason for high quality and zero defects.”

Michael Priest - Revolution Prototype and Machine

“Military service gives one structure, goal and a way to accomplish those goals.”

Richard Hope - Richard Hope Construction

“In December, 1967, I executed the documents to attend officer candidate school in the US Marine Corps. My approval to participate in the program occurred in April, 1968. I began my military career in July, 1968 as a US Marine. I completed officer candidate school and was awarded a commission as a 2nd lieutenant in the US Marine Corps Reserve. I then attended The Basic School and subsequently attended USMC combat engineer school. All Marines are seaborne infantry riflemen first and foremost. My training in leadership, military discipline, military organization, small unit tactics, espirit de corps and general preparation to go to war in Vietnam has served me well in business. My experience in war in Vietnam as a platoon commander of 30 plus Marines, my experience as a company commander of 180 Marines and my experience as a company level executive officer gave me leadership experience where I assumed responsibility for managing the lives of men that is only possible in war time.”

Ben Bell - JMC Construction LP DBA Safety Nerds

“Learned to be responsible, punctual, dependable, persistent, loyal, appreciate teamwork, respect for self and others, leadership.”

Jesse Willingham - TriMark Marketing Technologies, Inc.

“I do for the public what I did for the military.”

Wayne Crist - Tri-Star Communications

“It taught me personal responsibility, accountability, and efficiently.”

william frueh - Treeline Design LLC

“It's my name on the line. I make sure everything is done right this time and every time.”

Robert Evans - Tree City Lawn Care

“I learned to lead and to make my own decisions and stick to them. Make goals and see them through.”

Joe Robinson - Traffic Safety System LLC

“Well-established a specialized military background while working in the civilian world offers a wealth of knowledge to the public and government agencies.”

Mike Drevline - Tradevet, Inc.

“As a veteran of combat ready carrier duty, it provided me emergency preparedness experience as it relates to supporting local and large scale disasters.”

Jerome Hamilton - TractorFax Technologies, LLC

“Discipline, courage with 3rd Bat/26th Marines and 1st Bat/13th Marines.”

Stephen Coyle - Town-Green

“Military service taught me how to be respectful of others, especially of my elders. Gave me the opportunity to learn a trade and how to use my hands. I learned to solve problems by listening versus acting first. Made me a better young man by being a team player, learning and working with others. Hard work always shows results which equals success. I returned to the civilian workplace a lot better person then the one who entered into the military, that's for sure!”

Steven Seidmeyer - FAWSsit™ Showers

“20 yrs. as a Navy Seabee has taught me a lot of construction skills as well as time management and self discipline.”

Fredrick Trippler - Fix It Fred Handyman Service

“My military service prepared me to be a better business owner because it provided me with the ability to not only focus on the big picture of a project, but to identify the necessary components to accomplish a stated objective. ”

Genesiac Folkes - Folkes Brothers, LLC

“Vast opportunity to learn high tech systems, processes and R&D capabilities that private citizen would never have a chance to learn.”

Pat Morgan - FSPS Inc

“Having toured as a military musician and entertainer, I learn the secrets of having a good experience when traveling.”

Michael Embrey - FunME Events

“The Navy provided opportunities for progressive leadership and management responsibilities and the skills to exceed in any environment. By capitalizing on the skillets learned, I have been successful in all my post Navy leadership roles.”

Kevin D. Reside - National Safety Technology LLC

“Military service (25) years has given me the necessary discipline and training to operate a business. After one year (1969) in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam, running a business seems easy.”

Joseph Reis - Naval Aviation Cadet Benson

“The structure and procedures in place in the army helped shape me as a business owner. I am conscious that when I give my word to a customer, I have to deliver as promised. Delivery is essential but quality and timeliness are more important.”

collins dibaki - NED Services Inc

“1.) Work ethic 2.) Technical training”

Thomas Gaume - Network Computer Services, Inc

“Teaching me to never give up no matter what happens.”

Jack Gentile - New York Aviation Corporation

“Military service taught me discipline, strategic thinking, perseverance and teamwork.”

Tomas Santos-Alejandro - Nexus Technology Solutions

“Keep focused and operate with honesty and integrity.”

Duke Barrett - Night Bandit Publishing

“Professional Military Education and a Bachelor's Degree from Southern Illinois University has given me the tools to succeed in life.”

Orlando Daniel - NJ Vet Sales

“Military service helped shape a work ethic, team-work attitude, respect for authority and others, attention to detail, and world-wide experiences that would not have been possible otherwise. Those characteristics do carry over into the business world as viable traits to becoming a better business owner.”

R John Trodahl - Northfork Construction, Inc.

“Discipline, hard work, and a "can do" attitude are attributes to any successful business.”

Troy Decker - Symmetry Installations

“To be on time and responsible for your actions!”

Jim Coshatt - T & C Services LLC

“Team work.”

Rboert Sanders - T.J. Reliable Handyman, Inc

“Military service has prepared me to be a better owner because it made me detail oriented. It also helped me with my organization skills. I learned that organization plays a vital role on order in your business.”

Juan Davis - Tandem Productions LLC

“My Military experience has taught me the value of commitment, character, and discipline. I apply these attributes to the way that I live my life and the way that I manage my business.”

William Cobb - Targeted Tactics, LLC

“Work/life balance is key to a rich fulfilled life. Just the same as having R&R in the military it is important to have R&R in your civilian life.”

Stephen Tanzer - TBS Travel

“The Army taught me to pay attention to detail which in the business world is everything.”

Matthew Logan - TDL Electrical Contractors, Inc

“Work ethic.”

Ronald Woodfin - TetraTek, Inc.

“Being a Marine taught me the value of life and sacrifice. I learned to strive for those things that are important to me, and to never give up.”

Brian Grinston - The Alaska Veterans Project

“It gave me the ability to manage people.”

Lamont Jefferies - The Beverage Channel

“I was a Navy Corpsman for 10 years at which time my strong work ethic and discipline was forged. I thank the military for every good thing that has happened to me as well as every good trait I have grown.”

Kimberly Nash - The Bunny Baby

“My time in the Marine Corp taught me values such as honesty, hard work and discipline will pay you back ten fold in everything you do, including but not limited to, your personal life as well as your business.”

Ron McCollum - The Construction Services Group, Inc

“My military service provided me the discipline to achieve the goals I set for my organization.”

Fred Ezra - The Ezra Company

“My military service made me realize that the only limits on my success were the ones I allowed.”

Brian Fletcher - The Fletcher Law Firm PLLC

“The time I spent in the Army reenforced my resolve to achieve more than average goals. I was chosen as a platoon leader in basic and further developed a sense of responsibility and accountability. As I met fellow soldiers, I developed a deep respect for those who had seen combat and the sacrifices many made.”

Claudia "Tiger" Adams - The Horse In Sport

“The Marines instill self-respect, loyalty, attention to detail, and well to achieve dreams that may seem unreachable. Usually outnumbered, and trained to complete the mission and never to surrender, I view this poor economy as a strength, not a weakness, but to build on, and improve organizational operations to assure the highest customer service to accomplish company goals.”

Jerry Holmes - The Iowa Trim House

“I worked in Finance and Accounting, it helped me in communicating with people.”

Veniva Paul - The Jamaican Herbalist, LLC

“The two owners of the firm are both in the Army Reserves. We both deployed to Iraq. We are now at the same Army Unit. Michael Chen is a 1LT (O2) in the JAG Corp. He just received his commission. He was a SSG (E6) prior to getting commissioned. Rex Tran is a SFC (E7). The military service gave us both the will and drive to own our own business. It helped give us the confidence, patience and the ability to pay attention to the details necessary to build a business.”

Rex Tran - The Law Offices of Chen & Tran

“I am able to improvise and adapt to changes in the marketplace faster than our competitors. Also, I consider those working for our organization to be our most valuable assets.”

Mark Moore - The MEP Group Inc.

“It taught me to believe in myself, and never give up.”

Dale Nelms - The Peanut Wizard

“Discipline, quality service, commitment, dedication, leadership, management.”

Perry Lamy - 1-800-GOT-JUNK? - Dallas

“Leadership skills, management skills, and the ability to take calculated risks gained in the military set the stage. Also of importance is the ability to interact with people from all walks of life, flexibility (field expediency), motivation, quest for excellence, and the drive to succeed. I am truly grateful to have had the honor to serve.”

Lori Hansen - 2 Sisters Garlic

“I have a great work ethic and I only do top quality work.”

Michael Ovens - A Brother's Pressure Cleaning & Roof Cleaning

“It gave me the can do attitude. The U S NAVY taught me to never give up, failure is not an option. Always keep your word, be honest and truthful. Always do your best.”

George Graham - A-1 Plumbing Of Baltimore LLC

“My business is structured in the same way as the military is ran with a chain of command. This structure is the way that helps us hold employees accountable for their actions.”

Steve Batcheller - A-1 Rental, Inc.

“The military discipline, policies and procedures helped me to be a better entrepreneur. Order, responsibility and commitment are keys to a successful business. PLDC (leadership training) helped me prepare to be a better boss as well. I was trained in the Army to be a mechanic, which was my career goal since grade school. Also included in my AIT (mechanic school) was an annex on recovery that peaked my interest as well as gave me a good idea what proper vehicle recovery was all about.”

Kim Ford - Bad Girl Towing

“Taught me to always be prepared for the unexpected.”

jerrry uhl - Abbey's Flower Nook

“I learned to stay 200 steps ahead of what people might want from me.”

James Wright - LastWright Music

“Discipline and loyalty. Knowing that I work with other veterans, I have a peace of mind we understand each other. Though I did my active duty time as a Marine, I did my two tours in Iraq as an Army MP. The focus you need in the red zone is used each day for my business, the dedication and motivation was driven into you constantly.”

Zoran Smaic - Leatherneck CCU

“Leading others, goal setting and discipline.”

Larry LeDoux - LeDoux Industries, Inc

“Discipline, integrity, perseverance.”

Terence Jones - Legacy Contractors

“Discipline, hard work and ability to overcome. Motivated to be in control of my destiny, and will not be happy working for those who are not.”

Cian Miles - Pinnacle Innovations

“Credibility, structure, discipline.”

Cary Vea - Polytron Corporation

“The Military made me a man. During my Tour of Duty, I learned leadership, respect, teamwork, organization, structure, and most important Honesty, Compassion, The love of our Country and all the people who live here and who give their lives everyday.”

John Dafonte - Port Bolivar Marine Service, Inc.

“I learned how to overcome diversity, remain focused on my goals, meet challenges with relentless passion in order to exceed the expectations of those I served with. I also gleaned much from the fine individual's who served around me with regard to leadership styles, foresight, and planning. Given awesome responsibility at a young age I learned how to make critical decisions under pressure which continues to serve me well.”

Robert Roy - Positive VSI, Inc.

“Honor, courage, and commitment are the Corp Values that make the Bedrock of Character for each of us at Praetorian Group. The Marine Corp instilled these values and pride. We have been deployed to the Middle East on several tours of duty and our assignments forwarded the cause as well as our experience. Our organization has developed using this experience and training resulting in an excellent performance record and adherence to an established Business Organization Plan.”

Quentin Goins - Praetorian Group and Associates LLC

“I have had served over 23 years in the United States Marine Corp, developed strong business ethics and discipline, and experienced working with many people from all walks of life.”

Richard DeVasto - LegalShield Independent Associate - Richard R. De Vasto

“Tenacity to hang in there and network together, you learn a lot being part of a team (how to look out for each other, don't let your buddy fail and support. If it was not for my experiences my life would not be blessed as it is know. I thank my leadership in challenging me to achieve and never quit.”

Gregory Brown - LegalShield Independent Associate - Gregory Brown

“Being in the Marines I have learned how to improvise, adapt, and overcome.”

Oscar Kelley - Life Insurance for All and (Diabetics) - Oscar Kelley

“It taught me that we all need each other. It matters not where the other guy is from, or where he went to school, or what his occupation is; as long as we're firing in the same direction, we have each others back.”

Will Taylor - Precious Home Care Services

“My service in the U.S. Army has prepared me in business by: understanding my goals, mission, and methods used by competition. I am a combat veteran; so, I understand the “need to have” vs. the “nice to have” tools and strategies to survive and win. Leadership methods learned in the military have helped me coach, council, manage, motivate as well as discipline/reward my employees. Communication, documentation, initiative, organization, professionalism, teamwork, technical quality and technical quantity as well as time management skills were business tools that I learned while in the service.”

Dave Tong - Premier Technical Services Corporation

“You don't give up when things get tough and you keep you head when others lose it.”

Michael Kozeliski - PrepFire Solutions LLC

“It has made me a more disciplined individual. I focus more on the task at hand while at the same time having the ability to change focus immediately for an emergency or if a task comes up that needs urgent attention.”

Joshua Herting - Phenom Security Integrators, LLC

“The United States Army has given me the tools to be able to face any problem with a "get it done" attitude. Failure is not an option.”

Michael David - Phoenix 21 LLC

“During my tour of duty, I managed funds, property, deployments and people. I am very blessed that I served. My professional duties included, military police and Aviation (UH1,OH58, Cobra).”

Edward Harris - Picture Perfect Framing & Art & Building Green Distributors, Inc

“The military taught me humility, honor, a strong work ethic, and follow thru.”

James Gigeous - Proficient Air LLC

“Organization, time management and leadership.”

Ed Pullen - Pullen Construction Services

“The military taught me discipline and how to focus to achieve my goals.”

Jeffrey Harrison - Quality Locating Service LLC

“The discipline and commitment learned while in the service has been a great influence on my personal life and career paths. The attention to detail and responsibility I learned during my active duty tours has greatly helped me to focus and prioritize my agendas and duties.”

Christopher Gambill - Qwiksharp

“Management skills, discipline, team building, dealing with stress, mission focused, perseverance.”

Allan Jackson - Southeastern Data

“Intangible Skills of a LEADER.”

Joe Grossi - Southern Arizona Scholastic Products, LLC

“The technical and leadership training has certainly helped me a great idea, but the idea that you set goals and don't give up on a well thought out plan is probably the most important asset the military has provided me.”

Lee Shaffer - Southern Investigative Services

“Prior law enforcement K-9 handler, disabled veteran who rehabilitated herself back to health via dancing.”

Bethsheba Almah-Place - South Florida Belly Dancers

“For me it was the discipline to start true to course. It allowed me to become comfortable with stressful conditions and working with all types of people. The military personal and commitment to brothers in arms is something only a veteran and his family can understand. Whether you are WW1 or Desert Storm Veteran, we stand together in brotherhood.”

jack coovert - Southwest Refrigeration and Air Services

“Discipline, attention to detail, understanding the value of hard work and this great country!”

Hayden Hartland - Spearstone

“Military Service teaches discipline, dedication, and professionalism. It teaches accountability, follow-through, attention to detail, and the value of education and training. As a result of my military service, I provided management and supervision to very large organizations and groups. I also obtained advanced education. Lastly, as a senior military officer, I obtained extensive experience in dealing with National, International, and other government officials.”

Sherrie Aly - Strategic Solutions and Analysis, LLC

“The military taught me discipline, courage & strength. It strengthened the qualities that I already had & just made me a better person in general. From all the traveling I guess you could say I am more cultured as well.”

Sandra Atkinson - Stress Busters Massage Therapy

“I was in the 82nd Airborne, and that taught me to have a strict work ethic. I know that I can work long after others will quit, but I also know that looking at something from a different perspective. Sometimes flanking the objective can lead to a quicker solution.”

Randall Stutz - Stutz IT LLC

“Being in the service gave me inner strength to weather the changing environment of business ownership. It also gave me leadership skills to help direct my business in the way I want it to go.”

Paul Walsh - Superior Executive Transportation

“Strong Networking Abilities.”

Andre Tetrault - SW FL Biometrics

“Honor, Courage and Commitment. As simple as that.”

Aaron Ansarov - Legion Photo LLC

“Military service taught us how to lead, teach, make decisions, be accountable. These qualities add up to success as a business owner.”

Robert Mixon - Level Five Associates, LLC

“The military taught me leadership, teamwork, responsibility, and to be calm and think clearly under any adverse situations.”

Virgil Burton - Ligriv Technology, Inc.

“Persistence in the face of adversity. Patience in the face of adversary. Focus on the near battle while preparing for the far battle.”

Tom Deaver - Drapery World and Blinds

“Being in the service better prepared me by allowing me to grow as a team member and gather the understanding needed to see the "big picture." It allowed me to appreciate the hard work it takes to ensure projects are done right the first time because if you fail to do things right the first time people can be injured or deadlines are not meet. It is imperative to meet deadlines and ensure projects are correctly planned and completed. I love the service members dedication and sacrifice they show.”

Kevin Jannarone - Veteran Landscape

“It taught me to be organized.”

Norman Edwards - Veteran Lawn Service

“Disciplined planning and performance abilities have increased.”

Michael Page II - VETLogistics

“The excellent training and visit to various countries, and most of all the GI Bill to attend college.”

Warren Goodall - Warren Goodall Company

“Returning from my tour in Vietnam, I experienced what it is like to be scorned, rejected and misunderstood. That experience led me to resolve to try and treat everyone I meet as a special person who deserves love and respect. I, especially, want to see our newest veterans treated with the honor and respect they so richly deserve.”

Michael Parker - White Stone Outreach

“I was a team leader many times in my military service. I also was a self-starter on many of the jobs I had in SAC.”

Michael Bowers - Windows by Grace, Inc.

“I retired after 30 years as a Navy Physician. My professional experiences were at navy industrial facilities (shipyards, air rework facilities) which gave me the insights into the medical needs of industry. I've written two books on the subject and am a frequent presenter.”

James Allen - Working Healthy Always LLC

“Combat zone experience has taught me to be positive, make strong and bold decisions and not fear failure. To push beyond the normal guidelines in business decisions based on adequate marketing intelligence.”

john Thierry - Z-Coil Pain Relief Footwear - Dearborn

“Serving in the Army for 9 years gave me the confidence,patience,integrity and respectfulness to start my own company. There are 3 things in my life I am grateful for. Meeting my wonderful wife, being a proud father and joining the US Armed Forces.”

Darryl Jackson - Pearl Acquisitions Group, Inc

“The Military Decision Making Process (MDMP0 is straight forward and translates into a business plan very easily. You are well prepared to write a comprehensive plan if you have ever written documentation for MDMP or Operation Orders (OPORDs).”

William Peacock - PHD Computers, Inc

“As an officer in Viet Nam I was in charge of 40 men and a huge supply facility. At Fort Knox I headed all quartermaster operations in support of a population of 60,000.”

Gary Platt - Points North, Inc.

“The military has given me the structure, discipline, and the willingness to succeed and expect only the best from myself.”

Marcel Murrell - Prime Market Realty

“Navy core values of honor, courage and commitment are a daily part of my business.”

Troy Olson - TNT Home Builders

“Military prepared me by teaching me leadership skills. This allows me to get jobs completed fast and keep cost low.”

Timothy Davis - Timothy L. Davis Land Surveyor

“My military services has given me the discipline to do whatever I put my mind to.”

Shane Lee - Time for Taxes, LLC

“The Air Force taught me discipline to work hard, do a good job and to always follow through. The Air Force taught me to be organized and to always keep records of what I do. The Air Force taught me to respect everyone I come in contact with, including customers, everyone I meet on the road and especially my family who helps me run my business. The Air Force taught me many life lessons that I carry with me today, including to reach out for help when you need it.”

Charles Thrasher - Thrasher Trucking

“To be truthful, prompt and dedicated.”

TONY DELLINCARPINI - Thompson Press Inc.

“My military service taught me that no matter how hard things seem, you can always get more out of yourself.”

Aaron Broglin - The Trumbull Group L.L.C.

“The military has prepared me to be a business owner by giving me the ability to relate to a diverse population and laid a foundation for good work ethics.”

Jan Holness-Wilson - The Touch 4 Health & Wellness

“Discipline and Tenacity.”

Kevin Leahy - The SpoutOff


Charles Baker - The Poison Ivy Soap Co

“The ARMY prepared me to stay disciplined under stress; it has also taught me to set goals and stick to them.”

Eli Crandall - Hand in Hand Services

“It instilled discipline, motivation, & the will to succeed beyond all odds.”

Leon Grove - Grove Financial Group, Inc.

“I did construction while serving in Vietnam.”

Oscar Greene - Group III Mgt., Inc.

“Discipline to complete a task is at the top. Working as a team and taking the cost into account before beginning the task. Ability to stand on my own two feet.”

James George - American Cable Services

“Derek A. Porter, Certified CREIA Inspector, Former USMC D.I. MAI, PMI, Engineer, and Iraqi Freedom Veteran.”

Derek Porter - American Dream Property Inspection Service

“The discipline, values and versatility demanded of today's soldiers creates a model mentality for business ownership. Like the Team approach the military is based on, small business must rely on a similar Team that includes sponsors, business relationships and even the customer to succeed. Not unlike the military Team, the positive influence and return from working together on a project, a common goal, provide long term relationships that help build your success.”

Bill Kirsch - AmVet Home Maintenance & Repair LLC

“One of the most important things I learned from my time in the Navy is the use of a chain of command and how to delegate along with team work.”

Marty Ekren - APEX Electric & Lighting

“My military service disciplined me to always commit myself to the highest quality in all things, to be loyal, be honest and be a self-starter.”

Martha Macias-Alexander - Martha Macias-Alexander

“During my 20 years of Naval Service I learned to meet deadlines, provide the best product you can and serve with honesty, integrity and attention to detail. These traits carry meaning among the men and women that serve and have served in our Armed Forces. These characteristics carry over to the civilian sector for all to reap the benefits of doing business with a Veteran Owned Business.”

Brad Lockhart - Chim-Chimneys, Fireplace & Outdoor Grill Center

“Being in the military has taught me the principles of leadership, integrity and honor. I will use these principles to assist me in my business endeavors. I am proud of my service and I am proud to be a business owner.”

Bernardo Gauna - CMI Consulting Group, LLC

“My experience in the Navy taught me to take pride in my work, to be a team player, to follow my instincts, and to hold strong to the plan of action no matter what is happening around me. The skills I learned during my service were not only relevant to my duties, but I was able to build a career I love with the knowledge I gained. It was my honor to serve my country as a service man, and it is now an honor to serve my country as a business man.”

Darin Gilliland - Compass Solutions, Inc

“Honorable service in our military teaches the importance of team work, discipline, and dedication.”

Dennis Santo - Concerts For Troops, Inc

“With the discipline and leadership skills i am better prepared.”

Robert Hatler - Kentuckiana Creations LLC

“After serving in Iraq as an Infantryman in the US Army, well I knew I could do ANYTHING. I opened a store where I could serve military members and public safety professionals, giving them the respect they deserve.”

Ezra Child - Cop's Closet

“Gave me basic leadership skills.”

Wayne Bell - Corporate Threat Solutions, LLC

“Organization, attention to detail, desire to do better, caring for others, better teamwork and overall better leadership. Drive.”

Jesse Gonzales - County Imports

“The structure and problem solving skills from the Army combined with work ethic have given me leverage in general contracting community.”

Alan Sprinkle - Covenant Construction Service

“I believe that by starting early in the service and being in Viet Nam I was able to mature earlier. I started my business when I was 22. That was 35 years ago.”

Dennis P. Craig - Craig Brothers Plumbing and Heating, Inc.

“By developing in me a drive and determination to succeed at all endeavors.”

eugene hildebrand - CSC of Central FL Inc

“Serving in the Air Force gave me the knowledge and confidence to start my own business. I learned that paying attention to detail in business will put you above the competition.”

Karl Hart - CyberCon Security Solutions, LLC

“Honesty, integrity and pride in all we do.”

Patrick Sargent - CS Computer Solutions

“My leadership and dedication, coupled with my work habits have made me a better business owner.”

Darrin Skinner - D C Skinner Painting & Contracting

“Where else is a 19 year old kid going to be given as much responsibility and accountability? Some people go their entire lives without being as prepared for business as a one tour enlisted man.”

Dan Light - Dan Light Consulting

“I worked in communications in the Navy. I had the privilege to work with many people from so many different backgrounds and different parts of the country. I also got to work with some very good people who were not afraid to share there knowledge with others.”

Larry Day - Day Communications

“The Army instilling leadership values, a "can do attitude", thought me to never quit, strong work ethics, and to always do the right thing.”

Robert Hurst - DISVETS Telecom & Data Solutions, LLC

“As a 20 year Air Force member, you learn certain aspects that aren't readily learned in the civilian sector. Qualities like leadership, mentoring, and a strong pride in success. The basic core values of the Air Force say it all: Service before self, Integrity, and excellence in all we do!”

Donald Johnson - DKJ Technologies

“The regimentation and training has helped shape life as well as set business protocols to help my business run smoothly and grow.”

Matthew Hutchings - Dolomite Enterprises

“Ability to make command decisions, lean on principles and instinct, and get the job done, no excuses.”

Dillon Sanders - Inbound, LLC

“The Marine Corps produces disciplined leaders. I am a Marine.”

Gregory Vacheron - Independent Courier Services

“Discipline primarily!”

Dan Kohnke - Advanced Integrated Technologies, LLC

“Gave me the Discipline and Structure needed to run a family owned business!”

Dennis Reed - C. H. Reed, Inc.


Joseph Bell - Cabin Creek Timber Frames

“I was a Special Forces member who was trained to be focused on my million. Creating and Building Cal Vet Solar Works with the sole purpose of getting America's Heroes hired in the Green Industry requires the same focus.”

Michael Kissinger - Cal Vet Solar Works

“In business as in the military, team work is essential to day-to-day operations. With the right team amazing things can happen and you learn there are always solutions, opportunities and adaptations to any situation. Strategy and planning will help win on the battle field and in the business world.”

Claude A. (Art) Harden - Calibre Engineering, Inc

“Getting the job done!”

ARMONDO LERMA - California Precision Builders

“Discipline, Honesty, Pride.”

Walt Hardy - Canteen Catering, Inc.

“Discipline Leadership Strategic Assessment Goal Orientation Team Mentality Camaraderie”

Scott Spinka - CareMerica, Inc.

“Structure, work ethic, discipline, organization. All have helped me greatly.”

Clifton Reynolds - Carolina Security & Fire

“The training and development that I received plus the planning, discipline, presentation, and leadership skills that I honed during my over 10 years of service enabled me to translate my skill set in logistics to the business world. You learn how to succeed and persevere in a competitive, hostile business environment.”

Thomas Tanel - CATTAN Consultants

“Endurance, organization, leadership, discipline and team effort.”

Earnest,George,Terry, Conrad Carter - CeeBee Enterprises LLC

“Management from the ground up.”

William Comee - Charter Trading Corporation

“The Marine Corps taught me to never quit, keep moving forward and you will achieve your goals and to take care of the people who take care of you.”

Craig Lawrey - HammerDown Firearms

“The Navy made me learn how to pay attention to detail and to push myself when I am ready to quit or give up.”

bradford spelbring - Tool Belt Training

“Leadership skills.”

Earl Passmore - Earls Lawn Care

“I believe the Military taught me leadership and great people skills, but most importantly it taught me work ethic which is severely lacking in today's work force.”

Wayne MAgoon - Beacon Printing Company Inc

“Military service prepared me to lead as well as follow. As a business owner you need to know yourself and your employees. You need to know when to step back and when to step forward. You need to know what a team is and how to function as a loyal part of that team. Military service is about team work, taking the lead when necessary and knowing when its time to follow. A Business requires that you not only lead but that you be able to follow and make good decisions that allow for growth.”

Teresa Thomas - Beth Dimensions

“Created independence and discipline.”

Jimmy Henry - Blue Gables Motel and Coffee Bar

“The owner served 8 years with the Marines, then 22 years in the Army National Guard, rising to the position of Command Sergeant Major. He was disabled during service with the Marines.”

Vincent Syndab - Blue Water Logistics, LLC

“It taught me the value of the human element and teamwork and duty.”

Rodney Bolles - Bolles Investment Group

“Leadership training, confidence in my abilities, planning. Willingness to take risks.”

John Booth PE MBA - Booth Civil Engineering PA

“There are many things, so I will list a few: - Leadership - When times are tough, I know I have been through worse - Good stories - Provides a real connection when dealing with another veteran”

Derek Kottke - Business Partners Group

“It has helped me learn to set goals and meet deadlines. It taught me discipline and to be self motivated.”

Denise Boulet - 1navywoman

“All my adult life I have been a Police Officer beginning as an MP in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam Era. The training of the military taught me how to not give up and endure seemingly impossible odds.”

Michael Abernathy - Abernathy Investigative Group LLC

“Discipline and organization!”

Ron Vice - Semper Fi Lawn Care and Snow Removal

“Both chief instructors are separated Marines with combat experience. One Vietnam and the other Desert Storm. Both instructors have more than 10 years service in the Marine Corps. Marines are noted for their discipline, determination and fitness.”

Shane Mello - Semper Fi Tae Kwon Do & Self Defense, Inc

“Prepared me to lead my employees and make critical calls for the better of my company!”

Eric Perez - Semper Fight

“My time in the United States Army taught me self discipline, respect and love for country.”

Gary Toth - Shirley Foods Inc

“When serving as an Airborne Ranger with the Army's 75th Ranger Regiment, I sustained a line-of-duty knee injury during a parachute mission. I had to work every day to rehabilitate my knee; however, the injury ultimately caused my medical discharge from the Army. I, more than most other personal injury lawyers, understand how it feels to suffer from and overcome a life-changing injury. I can relate to my clients, and I can better present my injured clients to juries.”

Timothy Nies - Van Riper and Nies Attorneys, P.A.

“Wife is co-owner and she is the veteran.”

Stephen Brooks - Killeen Fence Company

“Helped to learn to organize, take charge & work under stress.”

Mike Phillips - Efficient Air Systems

“Management and personnel skills developed in the military enabled me to put together a business and effectively operate that business.”

Les Welch - Tennessee Wire Tech

“Trained as an electrician by the Navy (SeaBees). Good beginning for electronic signs and construction business.”

Ronald Alvey - Electronic Display Systems, LLC

“Attention to detail and dedication to excellence.”

Homer Betts - Electronic Health Care Solution

“I served 15 years and literally trained all over the world. I am very used to diverse situations and I believe this has helped my business mindset.”

Mark Ellis - Ellistrated Websites

“Serving 21 years in the United State Air Force has prepared me to be a better business owner primarily because eleven of those years I served as a Military Training Instructor. The job of an Instructor requires total professionalism and dedication. Dealing with several different backgrounds and attitudes at any given time could not have prepared more.”

Darlene Brown - Fully Promoted powered by Embroidme

“Military service gave me the focus I needed to be a better person.”

Anthony Augusta - Enhancement Housing Corporation

“Training in leadership, management, goals setting and results orientation style.”

Eugene Klein - Enlightenment Inc

“The discipline to accomplish tasks no matter the obstacles was probably the biggest advantage.”

Paul Ziemba - Environmental Professionals, Inc.

“They been taught leadership and to use determination, focus, goal setting to do my job.”

Ellen Sanders - Ichiban Cleaning, Inc.

“The skills learned in overseeing the operations division gave me a great business skill set.”

William Glass - Inflatable Boats USA, LLC

“Paying attention to detail, following through to finish the job and the fortitude to accept the good, bad and ugly without flinching.”

Jeffrey Helstrom - Innovative Management Services, LLC

“The military has provided the technical training and leadership skills necessary to succeed in the electronic security industry.”

Michael Thomas - Integrated Security Holdings Group

“It has taught me the importance to others of being responsible, accountable and honest in everyday business and personal relationships. It focuses on security and stability. Personal and business financial matters demand discrete and honorable relationships and total accountability. The military training and lifestyle instills these traits as the "only right choice" in every transaction.”

David Oliver - Integrity Taxes and Business Solutions

“The two most important traits that I developed while serving in the Navy were: 1. Attention to detail, and 2. Tenacity. Without these two traits, I would have never been able to open my own business.”

John Crews - Intelligent Information Publishing

“Follow and obey the ORDERS!”

PedroAlberto Sanchez - International Identity LLC

“As a member of the 82nd Airborne 1st 75th Ranger it gave me the discipline needed to work in a high stress high profile environment.”

George Gamble - Investigative Solutions, LLC

“It taught me how to set goals and how to follow through with those goals. It gave me the structure that is needed to operate a business. By traveling around the world it gave me confidence in what ever I do. Joining the United States Air Force is hands down the best decision I ever made.”

Justin Porter - Iowa Foundation Repair

“Military service gave me the strength, patience and courage to achieve my goal of owning and running my own tech-based business. The military gave me the "never give up" attitude.”

Christopher Parchman - Universal Sky

“Proud of what I do for charter clients. Trainable and can learn new things everyday. Commitment to finish the mission.”

Jeff Lyons - Island Time Charters

“The Air Force has taught me how to work with a wide selection of people and how to handle problems with a calm attitude, It has taught me to be a leader instead of a boss.”

James Williams - J & F Transmissions

“My military service has given me the opportunity to serve my community even after my retirement and shown me how to make it happen.”

John McCabe - J and L Industries

“After 20 plus years in the Army, I learned that self discipline and self motivation is key to success in any endeavor. I was afforded the opportunity to work in public relations, international relations, customer service, and inventory management along with other areas that has prepared me to successfully own and operate my own business. The leadership and people skills learned throughout my career have also prepared me to successfully manage multiple employees at various skill levels.”

Jon Shoemake - J C Contracting

“Military service has prepared me to be a better business owner through pride & dedication. To do what is fair for the customer. Service above self.”

John Anderson - J L Anderson LLC

“Because of my military service I'm always on time, & ready to do a job well done.”

Mark Manning - Jacksonville Plumbing Authority

“My military experience prepared me for the dedication required to own and operate my own small business. Without the four years of my life spent in service to my country I would be flipping burgers instead!”

Jason Janes - Janes Surveying, Inc.

“I served in the USAF for 4 years from 1997 to 2001 in Ellsworth AFB, SD. The military helped develop a greater love for this great country. It also taught me to pay close attention to details.”

Kevin Edwards - Integrity Now Insurance Brokers, Inc.

“Leadership and hard work.”

James Green - Integrity Burial Boxes, Ltd.

“Admiral Rickover arranged an outstanding training program taking people directly out of school and preparing them to operate and maintain nuclear plants. This training and experience has been brought to the civilian nuclear program.”

George Van Wert - ILRT Inc.

“Military service has prepared me to meet the challenges of being a business owner by giving me confidence to meet with clients, to organize my business to better fit the needs of my customers, and the discipline to stay focused to achieve my goals (and my customer's). Military service has also taught me how to recognize those who are dishonest and those who do not have what it takes to be good employees, good vendors, and good customers. I only work with the best because I want to be the best.”

Edward Hunt - Hunt Signs

“I learned how to survey in the military. The military gave me the can do attitude to know I could successfully operate my own business.”

Alan Horner - Horner & Associates Surveying and Land Planning, PA

“Military service teaches you team work and discipline and these are important to have when you are running your business.”

Edward Horn - Horn Corp

“As a former infantry member, Purple Heart recipient and Medal of Honor awardee, I have learned the necessities of communication, teamed efforts, honor and respect and have used these life lessons to achieve success in many business I have formed and been a part of through my life. I am a humble man and wish to continue to use all that is available in this great country to continue further succeeding in business and helping other veterans to do the same.”

Peter Essa - Homeland Operations, LLC

“I am confident that the organizational, multi-tasking, and leadership skills that I developed with the United States Marine Corps have prepared me for anything-- including operating a small business. Those skills would all be useless, however, without the discipline that makes it all work. Semper Fi!”

Robert Nunley - Home Computing Solutions

“It Can Be Done" Read my book "Totally American" and you will see.”

Dan Smee - Holy Moly Press

“The discipline and attention to detail leaned in the Army prepared me to be a self employed person. Without those attributes and other attributes it would be very difficult to run a successful business.”

Henry Johnson - HJ Trucking

“They make sure you learn discipline and hard work, which prepares you for life not just business, but it sure helps.”

Andrew Hanus - HGC Global LLC

“Training, Responsibility and Trustworthiness.”

HENRY TINGLE - Henry Tingle-Electric

“The Navy taught me respect and structure. It taught me to be a man and do the right thing. It gave me strong work ethics.”

Stacy Heath - Heath Electric Company, Inc.

“My military service has made me responsible. Once I start a job I make sure it is done right the 1st time.”

Charles Welegala - Heartland Alternative Energy LLC

“The US Army trained me to use technology to accomplish my objectives on the battlefield. This ideology translates to great business practice by stressing the importance of understanding how you can use technology to streamline and advance business principles, products and ideas. Many of the technologies we use in business today began their life in use in the military. For example, GPS technology is common today, but got its start in the US military.”

Tom Vastano - Healthclick


DICK SHADWELL - Headlite Doctor, Inc

“Being in the military prepared me to be a business owner by teaching me responsibility and integrity. There is great honor being a veteran and I am proud to have served my country. In exchange for my service I received exceptional training and developed a sense of camaraderie that cannot be duplicated.”

Kenneth Ruppert - Happy Home Inspections, Inc.

“As an Operation Specialist in the Navy I have learned the dedication, passion and love for an organization. My hard work in the Navy has shown me how I can be successful as a Veteran Owned Business. My cleaning service is organized, punctual, and has similar values to those that are listed in the Navy core values.”

Yvonne Toney - Barsallo-Toney Cleaning Services

“Be All You Can Be - was the motto and continues to be the mindset. The leadership that the military has taught and instilled in me will make this company successful. Pride, honesty, respect, and loyalty is what I was taught and wish to continue to show our clients through our hard work ethics.”

Richard Kennedy - Green Meadows LawnScapes

“My military service prepared me to own and run my business, through leadership, management skills, people skills, and it developed my abilities to analyze, problem solve, develop plans and execute solutions.”

Maria E. River - RTAME Services

“As General Partner, I am responsible for marketing, contracting, finance, taxes, and overall management of this company. My Navy (and Merchant Marine) service afforded me greater self-confidence, plus motivational and leadership opportunities,”

Taylor JESSE Clear - Rubber Mulch Is Us LLC

“Leadership and loyalty!”

Brian Rummans - Rummans Construction

“Military service showed me how to assist others in accomplishing their mission.”

Nick Ryan - Ryan Design Group

“Military service provides a camaraderie that acts as an enticement for veterans to do business with other veterans.”

Gary Bates - S&P Solutions, Inc.

“My service in the USAF has helped me to become independent & not afraid to venture out and do anything on my own.”

John Stephens - Safe & Sound Home Inspections

“Discipline and structure military provided is key to running any business.”

Robert Birdsong - Scan Am Marine Services, Inc

“Taught leadership and management skills while providing unique experience and qualifications.”

George Gennin - SDS International

“Discipline and focus.”

Jason Warren - Security2020

“Adapt and overcome.”

Joseph Seeger - Seeger Tech Solutions

“Semper Fidelis.... Semper Fit!”

Elijah Sacra - Semper Fit

“Marine Corp. Discipline.”

Randy Bathemess - Sentinel Systems LLC

“Responsibility. Knowing how to do the job and get it done.”

James Lutz - Serpico Pizza

“After spending eight years in the Marines, leadership, discipline, and management skills have encouraged me to pursue my own business.”

Irona Cliver - SGT. C's Leathers

“Leadership training.”

Thomas Shambo - Shambo & Associates, LLC

“On time every time.”

Ed Hoessman - IGC Associates, Inc.

“The military is a great place to develop the leadership skills and "can do" attitude that only comes through experience. As a business owner, I needed a strong character foundation to build upon and the Marine Corps was just the place to build that. The culmination of experiences while serving continue to serve me in all aspects of my life both personal and professional. "I wouldn't be here if I hadn't been there".”

John Jeffries - FISECx LLC

“I learned discipline, focus, grit, compassion, empathy, and servant leadership. I was immersed into the neuroscience of adult learning through PME (professional military education) as both a student and trainer. My exposure to the amazing diversity of humanity and the plight of the "under dog" continues to influence how I treat others. I learned the cost of freedom and the importance of preserving it. God, family, country.”

Dennis Funk - Edifi Training

“My Marine Corp career helped me become a leader of not only troops but to be able to make decisions on the spot and never second guess myself. The military trains individuals to get things done not alone but as a team and get the job or task completed as one, which is needed in any business setting.”

Anthony Bowers - Taylor Made Enterprises, LLC

“Learning to drive and work hard and be the best has taught me to be the best and always strive to be the best. We even live by our own version of the ARMY values here at Techwarrior Computer Service.”

Roderick Rotzien - Techwarrior Technologies LLC

“I served 2 years with the Military Police which taught me to be self reliant and to think on my feet. I took advantage of VA Training With the first Architectural firm I first worked with in 1973.”

Terence Myers - Terence L. Myers Architect Inc.

“I knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur all my life, the military service gave me the discipline I needed to realize I had a real passion about owning my own business. Now I'm doing it!”

James Green - The Arthur Milledge Consultant (AMC) Group, LLC

“Through serving in the U.S. Army as a Military Policeman and then a Military Police Investigator (MPI), I learned the value of honesty and integrity. The MP's creed is "To Protect and Serve". This short but powerful phrase along with the basic values on honesty and integrity have translated into a business in which we're able to help financial advisors, doctors, realtors, & most professionals with their marketing campaigns by serving them with honesty, respect and integrity.”

David Chasse - The Birthday Company

“All Heart Home Care is a Veteran owned senior home care agency owned and operated by Eric Barth who formerly served in the United States Air Force. I proudly served my country and now with dedication & compassion I aid seniors and fellow Veterans in receiving the best home care services San Diego has to offer. I recruit the most trusted caregivers in the Greater San Diego area. To my fellow Veterans, I thank you for your service. For quality senior home care needs, call All Heart Home Care at 619-736-4677.”

Eric Barth - All Heart Home Care

“My time as an officer in United States Naval Reserve, during the Vietnam era, embedded in me the attributes of leadership, honor, loyalty, integrity, and discipline, which have been invaluable assets in my professional as well as my personal life.”

Joseph Del Campo - The Excalibur Group

“I was a LRRP for the 101st Airborne in Vietnam. I learned it is better to be behind the enemy than in front of him because he doesn't know you're there. I learned that the skills of a warrior who goes actively out to face the enemy are good preparation for business where you have to create your idea and then go out and make it happen. I learned discipline, follow-up, and integrity. I also learned to get my hands dirty and work hard.”

Larry Chambers - The Larry Chambers Company

“Throughout 30 years as an Air Force Judge Advocate, I provided legal advice to thousands of active duty & retired military members & their families, across all ranks & services. Combined with my subsequent government & corporate experience, I learned how to work effectively within a large organization. I also learned what it takes to stand up for my clients, say "NO" to those in authority, & argue that my clients deserved better treatment. This has helped prepare me to confront the VA.”

Barry Allen - The Law Office of Barry P. Allen

“The Air Force taught me about self discipline and how to constantly thrive to better myself. The Air Force also taught me the need for, and importance of, attention to the details of any task I undertake.”

Kevin M. Leonard - The Ohio Home Inspections Company

“My first major assignment was as the Principle Instructor in the Marine Carpentry shop, The Transportation School, Fort Eustis, VA. This had me running a 80,000 square foot wood working factory, and an instructional school teaching enlisted men the repair of harbor craft of the US Army. So, I ran an educational / manufacturing business, learning supply management, scheduling, production and inventory planning, personnel supervision and time allocation. A great start to a 58 year business career.”

Raymond Strakosch - The Reflectory

“I find it necessary and a competitive advantage to be decisive and fully committed to a course of action. My military training included an emphasis on the importance of decisiveness. That training has served me well over the years.”

John Kopra - The Retirement Plan Company, LLC

“When I joined I was in communications, took some customer service classes, was an instructor and counselor. Help service members prepare to enter the civil an world. Worked with supply department.”

Randy Turner - The Sports Shop

“I was a cryptologist and linguist for the Marines. I expected to go to NSA upon separation from active duty, but they had a hiring freeze on. I went to temp agencies seeking work while I waited, one tested me, and decided I was an "IT guy" because I had good experience in systems implementation and database development and analysis. I was assigned to a small company where my blend of technical skills, leadership ability, and can-do attitude, all learned from the Marines, got me started.”

David Grinberg - DynaVet Solutions, LLC

“The military has taught me about being dedicated to the mission and upholding values in myself as well as my employees. I also value the training and hands on servant leadership approach and apply it to this business that way I can be a positive influence for my staff and provide a positive working environment.”

Brent Benjamin - Dynamic Solution Drug & Alcohol Testing, Inc.

“By instilling the concept of "Can Do!" into all facets of my life.”

H Brummel - Bruce Brummel

“Discipline and Management Skills.”

Randy Kicklighter - Don Bennett & Associates, Inc.

“Providing opportunity to find solutions not already broadly held in the mainstream.”

Charles Danley - Diesel Max, Inc

“My military service has helped in so many ways its hard to know where to begin, however being decisive is one of the traits that was sharped in the Marines. i was pushed vigorously by not only my superiors but by my peers as well. I learned under heavy amounts of pressure and in a chaotic environment, I could persevere. I am very grateful too all who have served in ever Climb and Place. God Speed and Semper Fi!”

Corey Justice - Desert Eagle Power Wash LLC

“Serving in the military granted me the skills and desires to create and dedicate Deseret Enterprises to be of service to other small business owners. It is all about the camaraderie between small business owners.”

Ami Frederick - Deseret Enterprises

“I learned discipline at an early age (entered the service at 17). Whenever I need to be disciplined about conducting business, I draw on my Army experiences.”

Derrick Wilson - Derrick Wilson | Consultant

“My travels while in the US Navy gave me a great deal of exposure to a variety of cultures which allowed me to jump into international business with a smaller learning curve in relation to different cultures. The work ethic I learned from my time in the Navy has proven to be a difference between me and my competition.”

Steven King - Deltapro Consulting, LLC

“I learned my craft in the Army. I continue to serve as an Army Public Affairs Specialist.”

Christina Dion - Define Standard Communications

“As a 20 year retired Chief Gunners Mate, I learned to lead and take care of my people. They are the ones that make me successful and I am nothing without them.”

David & Terri Rohman - D&T Arms

“The army gave me the skills to be a leader and to help others. Therefore giving me the confidence to start a business.”

William Dobson - D&P Bio-Haz

“The military prepared to be a better business owner by teaching me to follow through on the task at hand!”

clint watters - D Green Cleaning Service

“The military has the the best detailed cleaners in the industry.”

DONALD PAGE - A & D Services

“The discipline I experienced while in the military was a major factor in how I deal with many of life's situations. Being a small business owner, that discipline has helped me to keep focused on my goals.”

Geoffrey Norton - A Wellness Place

“I am very goal orientated, and hold myself, employees and business to a higher standard.”

Thomas Rostron JR - Tom Rostron Co. Inc

“Disciplined and tenacious.”

Jerry Whitehead - Tower Design Group

“Twenty years in the Marine Corps instilled the intangible character traits (such as discipline, drive and motivation) that has helped me to succeed as an independent business owner.”

Timothy Perry - Tracy Perry Salon

“Command pilot with over 7000 hours, 1200 in Vietnam in 1968. Taught Computer Science at Air Force Academy for 12 years. During that time I managed two computer centers, lead the acquisition team for the budgeting, specification, bidding, negotiating, awarding, and installing of five major computer systems. Management skills learned during career greatly enhanced my ability to lead civilian enterprises.”

Jerry B. Smith - Tranex Inc

“It taught me integrity, maturity, responsibility and a love of country. I realized how good we have it here after a tour in Southeast Asia.”

Len MInotti - Tri-County Pressure Washing

“As an Ensign in the USNR I was assigned to DDG-9 USS Towers as Asst Weps. I was 21 and had a division of 27 men ranging in age from 18 to 49. I grew up quickly and learned how to manage in a crisis... which is the same as managing in non-crisis mode... learned a lot about being squared away and responsibility which has carried me thru life in my business and personal life. I am currently the Commander of the Tigard Community Emergency Response Team with 150 volunteers under me.”

Bruno Amicci - Triad Technology Group

“Organizing and attention to detail and striving to be better.”

Thomas Buffington - TriSpirit Productions

“The discipline and organizational skills instilled in me as a young soldier has influenced every aspect of my life personally and professionally to include the way I run my company and treat my clients.”

Thomas Stamulis - True North Group

“When the going gets tough the tough get going!”

Pablo Fel - True Vision Optical

“Organizational management and attention to detail has helped this company in operations and sales force execution.”

Mark Putiyon - TSI

“Honesty and integrity above all else.”

David Bixler - Twin City Metro Wash, Inc.

“The military gave me the confidence I needed to become a leader and believe in my dreams. I was sure of myself and my abilities after serving my country.”

Jon Butler - Twine Gas and Power, Inc.

“My Navy experience taught me organizational skills together with the hard work and dedication necessary for ULTIMATE Protection Firearm Academy to be one of the safest, customer friendly CCW training facilities in Michigan; culminating in realizing our community based goal of building a family recreational shooting range.”

Al Polkowski - ULTIMATE Protection Firearm Academy

“I am very dedicated and detail oriented with an emphasis on relationship building. Honesty and integrity coupled with a spirit of resolve.”

John Collins - United Commercial Builders


James Conley - Direct Connect Computer Systems, Inc.

“My time in the Army was spent dealing with challenging issues around the world. We were always short on time, people, and resources. Being able to complete the mission no matter the situation is a skill you can't be taught. Now, I find myself facing challenges and obstacles in the business world. I'm confident that I can get the job done, just like I did in the Army. Plus, now there isn't anyone trying to blow me up.”

Justen Garrity - Garrity Renewables LLC

“In the military I was an Staff Sergeant in the Field Artillery Branch, which help me to become a better leader and to strive for what I want. I always wanted a business from the first time I learned a trade.”

Derrick Pinckney - Genetic Push Supplements

“Maturity, integrity, professionalism, timely.”

Greg Scheer - GC Scheer Inspections & Testing, LLC

“Learned how to interact with people.”

John Grodewald - GBSS

“Our team is comprised of dynamic individuals that have dedicated their professional lives serving in the United States Military, as well as continued service in the private sector, supporting aviation and protective service operations internationally. Aero Group Global is a SDVOSB, with its Key Personnel encompassing core values reflective of the US Military's Special Operations Community on the ground and in the air.”

Thomas Armstrong - Aero Group Global

“Discipline, integrity and the will to complete our mission give us a distinct advantage.”

Stephen Manthey - Kane Manthey Architects Incorporated

“Discipline, early riser, passion, honor and loyalty.”

Larry Lawton - Reality Check Program, Inc.

“Military Service instills values that last a lifetime as well as the opportunity to serve your country. Proud to be a USN military veteran.”

phillip solomon - Solomon Electrical Services

“Being a member of our military taught me how to be disciplined and organized. These qualities have been carried over into my business in every sense imaginable. Paying attention to the smallest of details is very important in my line of Work. This was very much instilled in me during my military service. I am proud to have served in our armed forces and I know that what I learned during my services will be a part of my life and business always.”

Shawn Wise - SOS Diesel Service

“Discipline, focus and follow through.”

Steve Rose - Solar Solutions Unltd.

“The United States Navy gave me the critical experience that I needed in order to succeed in this industry. The military bearing that was instilled in me is my most valuable trait.”

Erik Holston - Solar Electric, Inc.

“I enlisted in the US Navy 17 years old 2 months out of high school served 18 years in the Navy travel through out overseas. I believe being the military give me balance in life. I learned how to be determined to succeed no matter what the situation. Disciple to to endure hardship as a good soldier. I also learned how to be problem solver. I learned that when a person commit themselves and put their live on the lines there is no turning stay until victory is won.”

Terry Barnes - Barnes Electric LLC

“Leadership, honor and pride. Applying the same mentality that the military instilled in us to never give up and suck it up.”

Anthony Muriel - Armed Forces Construction Group

“The discipline and focus I gained in the Army has helped me throughout my life, and it helps me in my business as well.”

William Ashby - Ashby's Crafts and Gifts

“Military training and experience provided me with a positive, can-do attitude and the determination to succeed.”

Maurice Pettengill - Associated Recruiters

“My professional goals are simply a continuation of the leadership concepts I developed in my military career. Which is to be so effective in developing individuals, teams, and systems, that any business can thrive because I have developed resourceful leaders. Every day we must deliver results and how we deliver those results makes a difference in our personal and professional success.”

Gabrielle Bernal - GEM Elite Marketing

“In combat to be successful all personnel have to be well trained and on the same page. Our personnel are trained on the newest techniques in cleaning and briefs on the constantly evolving chemical we use. Our mission statement is short and must be adhered to.”

Lance Dugger - Shining Star Services of Brevard Inc

“Prior to joining the DOL or FCBOE, Shannon spent 10 years in the U.S. Army where she was a Petroleum Supply Specialists. Even though Shannon never achieved leadership rank, she always had leadership positions. Having the position of running the Battalion retail point for of 260th Quartermaster at Hunter Army Airfield, Shannon kept accurate and impressive numbers. Being on an E3 did not stop her from displaying her leadership abilities by having five soldiers on her team. Later Shannon transferred to a unit where she led by running the Hazmat inventory for Charlie Company 324th Signal Battalion. Also during her tenure, Shannon led HHC 171 Aviation POL section by being the only female in a twenty-one man platoon during their wartime operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom. She handled all admin, operations, and accountability for her platoon sergeant. Shannon had two deployments during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and one during Bright Star Egypt.”

Shannon Kincade - Blackhawk Connect LLC

“It has given me the tools, intelligence and understanding to change the things that can be changed, work with the things that can't be changed and the wisdom to know the difference! It has also given me the patience to work with some of the idiots that I come into contact on a daily basis that THINK that they know more than I do about my work.”

David W. Dextradeur - Buckeye Byte Works LLC

“The Marine Corps Gave me my best qualities: Loyal, Honest, Satisfaction of helping others with my skills, Self gratification, discipline! Always prepared, Over come and adapt. Never FAIL!”

Carl Brown - Buddy's Heating And Cooling

“The military taught structure and discipline but provided the ability to think for oneself. This traits have been foundational.”

Louis Christie - LMC Management Services

“The training and the team work.”

Joseph Fisher - Logistical Ground Services, LLC

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